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cover: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Director(s): Robert Greenwald

Theatrical Release: 2005


Genre(s): Documentary, business, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Checkout Counter > Documentary Binder

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Running Time: 97m. (+ 65m bonus features)

This documentary takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight Goliath. From a family business owner in the Midwest to a preacher in California, from workers in Florida to a poet in Mexico, dozens of film crews on three continents bring the intensely personal stories of an assault on families and American values. (

Member Reviews

In case you didn't already dislike Wal-Mart by C20005635 - August 23, 2008
I have never liked supporting them and have bought items from them in the past with great reservation. After seeing this documentary, I have even more reason to pause before purchasing there again.

I used to look at the "bright side", that I was supporting the people who needed the jobs, but this film sheds a new light on whether I am supporting my neighbor working there or keeping him/her on the government's payroll - learning that many workers not only use government assistance programs to supplement their low pay, but are in fact encouraged by the company to do so.

I am not so naive to believe that any corporation really cares about me, the consumer, or our environment. I don't want to see anyone out of a job, but I do want to see corporations like Wal-Mart change their ways. Unions are often a dangerous concept, necessary evils to protect workers from outrageous demands that sometimes turn workers into lazy thugs, but until we find the proper solution to these issues, I must support union over the tactics that Wal-Mart takes with it's employees.

What angers me most is that everyone, myself included, looks to save money, but sometimes we need to see what it is really costing us in the long run. I might spend 50% less on a pair of shoes at Wal-Mart,but how many people are living in poverty or near it as a result of that savings. Those same people that need the money the most continue to support Wal-Mart because they cannot afford other choices. Watching them annihilate the economy and people of surrounding areas shows me that those bargains today will not be bargains later. We need to seriously consider the impact of savings today that sacrifice our tomorrows.

Over the years, people I have known who are very patriotic suggest that we should only buy American and many of them pack their houses with bargains from Wal-mart which were often made in China. Hmmm.....